What to include:

What makes a useful social studies links page?  Basically, a page is useful if it saves you time finding material you know is out there "somewhere" on the Web.    Think about including links in the following categories:

1.  Search Engines.  I find it useful to have a page of links to the search engines I use most often.  This is not necessarily a good starting point for anyone else, though.  For your students, you might want to include only one or two engines.  Yahoo! is probably the single most useful search engine.  I especially like the access to world-wide newspapers in their "news" category.   For graphics,  All the Web works well and it does screen out objectionable content pretty well.  Your students might also find useful a multi-search engine like  Metacrawler.

2.  A source for current news events. Unfortunately, Yahoo! and the other search engines are associated with CNN, MSNBC and the other rather "major" news outlets, and they tend to give you the same extraordinarily limited look at what's important as your average tv news show.    The Web has a lot more to offer!  As a start, look at the links provided by  Matt Drudge. He includes links to the AP Wire, to lots of major newspapers, to all sorts of columnists, to the Reuters Wire, and to all sorts of other news sources.

3.  A source for recent (but not necessarily current) news events.  Unfortunately, most of the on-line newspapers won't let you search back more than a few days without subscribing.  Northern has some excellent sources (see, for instance, the on-line data bases), but many of these are available to you only while you are a Northern Student.  It's probably a good idea to become familiar with resources made available through the  South Dakota State Library.  These resources will be available to you wherever you teach.  My favorite site for recent events is  Free Republic.  Free Republic participants ("Freepers") post articles from all over the Web, and then add long discussion threads.  You can search the site easily and pull up major stories about almost anything that's happened in the last year.

4.  Government Documents.  You might start by checking out the Williams Library Government Documents links or some of  these South Dakota State Library links.   You should probably have a link to Thomas, an excellent source for pending legislation.

5.  Links to links!  You will probably find it useful to include links to good lists of links in each social sciences field.  Try to find the best site to use as a jumping off point for your students.  For example, you might include a link to the History E site as the starting point for students looking for history resources.

More to follow....